However, there are a lot of reasons why I do think it's worth my time to volunteer in my kids' schools:
- I get to know their classmates. When I was at Kyle's school early on in the year, he proudly introduced me to his girlfriend.
- I see how they act around their classmates (and how their classmates act around them). Think that your tween girl is a spaz? Spend time around other tween girls and you'll find out how normal she is.
- I get to observe what the kids are wearing. Perhaps I've balked at Amanda's choice of attire (modest, perhaps -- but odd at times!), but seeing what the other kids are wearing is a good barometer of the fashion scene, such as it is.
- I get to eavesdrop on conversations of other kids as they walk around selecting books, changing classes in the halls, etc. You can learn a lot by being an invisible adult.
- I can learn the secret language of Kindergarten. When his class sat down, they were told to sit "Criss cross applesauce," which I know is the PC term for "Indian style" (which I probably only learned after observing in Amanda's preschool class). But a few weeks ago, I learned a new one; "Spoons in the bowl" for "hands in your lap."
- It's an easy way to support the school, the staff and the teachers.
- My kids like having me there, and taking time to be there for them makes them feel special.
- On the flip side, by not saying yes to everything every time, I also show my kids that I leave room in my life for other commitments as well.
- Oh yeah, and did I mention that I get to hang out with books for a couple of hours? You don't have to twist my arm for that one.